Sat, Oct 23, 2021

Backroads and BBQ Rally

Reformation Brewery

About this event

Here is your opportunity to see a unique section of north Georgia, known as where the mountains start, view the abundant fall foliage, and live like the locals for a day! Registration and start will be at 12 PM in the upper level of the Reformation Brewery location (105 Elm Street, Woodstock, GA). 

You will start your gastronomic journey at Queenie's BBQ located in the upstairs hospitality area within the brewery. Queenies has long been a fixture in historic Canton, featuring Southern hard- to- find originals like pork belly homemade pimento cheese, fried pork skin, and cracklings. Reformation added Queenies to what was already a lively destination point in Woodstock. Queenie's serves some of the best Brunswick stew in the south, made with quality pork smoked over Georgia pecan wood. Brunswick stew is a tomato-based concoction involving local beans, vegetables, and originally game meat such as squirrel, possum, or rabbit. The servings are $5.00 and some consider them large enough to share. Excellent with Southern cornbread! 

Waddle to your Mercedes and place 697 Hightower Trail, Ball Ground, GA in your GPS. This is the location of Amos's Biscuits and Firewood, 26 miles and thirty-six minutes from where you parked in Woodstock. Amos is located near the intersection of GA Hwy #369 and GA Hwy #372, across from Cherokee Feed and Seed. Amos is a throwback to a simpler time when there was no table service nor credit cards. It is described by one review as "old, quaint, and retro". Order the BBQ Pork sandwich, a bargain at $4.75. The sandwich comes with sauce already on the bun and meat, as Amos only has one sauce. Eat in the cozy interior and take in the memorabilia, or outside at picnic tables near the firewood. Expect locals queued up to order. The concession to the twentieth century is a quaint drive-up window. 

If you can find your Mercedes among the parked work trucks, set your GPS for 1695 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground, GA and drive 7.9 miles twelve minutes to Two Brothers BBQ. You will drive through downtown Ball Ground, a revived shopping area for small storefront businesses. Stop and shop if you so desire to do so, as you may never find Ball Ground again. The mainstay of the two-block downtown is the Burger Bus, an old bus converted into a diner. Two Brothers BBQ is a short drive from downtown on the old road to Canton. Two Brothers' locally known for "warm friendly inviting service" and an interior decorated in early depression, even with 1930s coke bottles. The restaurant is in its second generation, with the owner living next door to the restaurant. The BBQ is good, and the sides are what you came here to consume. Select from helpings of BBQ beans, southern slaw, fried okra, mac and cheese, among others. Or, if you’ve already eaten your fill, linger in Historic Ball Ground for a few minutes to visit one of the smaller downtowns in Georgia. 

The next stop is Big Uns BBQ, located 16 miles and eighteen minutes north at 372 Carns Mill Road and GA Hwy #515, Talking Rock, GA. Fall foliage is visible on the drive from Amos to Ball ground, and again on the old road to Talking Rock. The building is new because the original burned. Talking Rock, like Ball Ground, was Cherokee Indian territory and is on the edge of north Georgia apple country. Order the delicious fried apple pie with ice cream ($3.99 + $1.00 for ice cream). This is a filling desert! There is also an abundant selection of sides if you prefer. Big Uns features a variety of home-made jellies, pickled vegetables, relishes, and prides itself on daily freshly prepared pork rinds. The restaurant has more seating capacity than the previous stops, or again dine al fresco at picnic tables. 

After dessert, you are now an official Big Un and will drive south 26 miles (29 minutes) to the new Canton location of Reformation Brewery Tap Room (225 Reformation Parkway, Canton, GA) for beer, beverages, and reward. Produce your paid receipt for at least locations to claim a special memento of the day. It is not a bib, and can be consumed. You may enjoy shopping at the adjacent Cotton Mill, a consignment venture of over one hundred and fifty displays of crafts and goods. 

Event fee is $7.50 per entrant with Motor Sports registration ending October 15, 2021.

Reformation Brewery

Woodstock,, GA


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MBCA - Peachtree

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